143. Did You Stop Following?

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“Have you been to that new Big Box Wholesale Club?” Stan asked.

“No,” I replied.  “I heard that it opened, but I’m not sure how to get there.”

“My neighbor said the same thing yesterday,” Stan said.  “I told him I was going there, but had some other things to do afterwards, so why didn’t he just follow me.”

“Did he?” I asked.

“Yes and no,” was Stan’s reply.

“He was following me just fine.  Then I made a turn onto Fisby Road and looked in the rearview mirror and saw that he wasn’t behind me any more.”

Continuing, Stan said, “I pulled over and waited a few minutes to see if he would show up, but he didn’t.”

“When I got home later in the afternoon, my neighbor was in front of his house.  I asked him what happened.”

“He was kind of embarrassed.  You know what he said?” Stan asked, and then answered without waiting for my guess.

“He said he saw me turn but thought I was going in the wrong direction.  He said he thought he knew the way, but it turned out he didn’t.  And he never did make it to the store.”

“What did you say to him?” I asked Stan.

“He’s a Christian,” Stan began, “so I reached out and shook his hand and used the opportunity to point out that I have done the same thing many times and put it in the context of not continuing to follow God as He leads because I think I know better.”

“God always knows the way,” Stan said, “because He is the Way!”

“How did your neighbor respond?” I asked.

“Not sure he got all I was trying to communicate,” Stan replied.  “He ended up saying that the next time I go to Big Box he will follow me all the way there!”

“But I told him the next time we can go together.  Get there in time for lunch.  They have good hot dogs at a great price.”

“And,” Stan continued, “you, my friend, are welcome to join us.”

“Count me in,” I replied.

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Follow Me.  Matthew 16:24.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you want to lead me to where you know you want me to be.  Please forgive all of the times when I think I know best and choose my own way, rather than following you.  I need and I ask for your continual help to follow you, as you are the Way.  Please, Lord, do all you want to do in and through me as I choose to follow you.  Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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